Plan your visit
Visit the Gallery for free!
- No booking required to visit the permanent collection and many temporary exhibitions. Free, for all to enjoy.
- Tickets are required for our new exhibition Giacometti: From Life.
- See our current opening hours.
Book tickets for Giacometti: From Life
- You need to book a ticket to visit the exhibition Giacometti: From Life.
- See our Exhibition Tickets FAQs for full details about pricing, cancellations etc.
- There is an admission charge for this exhibition, but there are discounts and special offers available:
- Free entry to the exhibition every Monday from 11am until 2pm. You still need to book a (free) timed ticket in advance.
- Tickets €5 every Tuesday from 9.15am to 1pm.
- Tickets €5 every Thursday evening from 5pm.
- Discounts on mid-week tickets and on tickets booked online.
- Discounts for over 65s, students, and individuals who are unwaged.
- Free entry for members of the Friends, Patrons, children under 18 years, and carers, but you must book your free exhibition ticket in advance.
- Free entry for healthcare workers. Please email [email protected] to book your free ticket.
- Become a member and see all exhibitions for free.
- Please do not visit the Gallery if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. Refer to the current advice for those with symptoms, as announced by Government on 28 February 2022.
- Hand sanitiser is available throughout the Gallery.
- Groups can visit the Gallery's permanent collection and free exhibitions for free, but must book a time slot for their visit.
- Find out how to book your group visit to the Gallery.
Entrances to the Gallery
- On Friday 27 May, the Gallery's Merrion Square entrance, Dargan Wing and Milltown Wing will be closed from 12pm. Please use our Clare Street entrance instead that day.
- There are two entrances into the Gallery: one is located on Merrion Square West, and another is located on Clare Street.
- Read about the various transport options that will get you to the Gallery.
- Carers can visit the exhibition Giacometti: From Life for free, but must book their free ticket in advance.
- If you need accessibility assistance please contact [email protected] before your visit, or talk to any member of staff upon your arrival. The welfare of our visitors is paramount at the Gallery, and we will take every step to ensure that your visit to the Gallery is enjoyable and safe.
- Read more about access facilities and services in the Gallery.
Visiting with kids and young people
- We've gathered together a list of fun online resources and activities for children and young people. Try them out on your next visit!
- Check the What's On calendar for upcoming free guided tours. Our free Family Tours take place every Sunday at 12.30pm and our New Parents' Tour takes place the second Monday of the month at 2.30pm.
- Borrow a free Family Pack from the information desks. Containing drawing materials, they can be used anywhere in the Gallery, and are the perfect accompaniment to one of our Through a Lens tours, or our audio tour for kids.
During your visit
- Our cloakrooms are currently closed.
- You will not be able to enter the Gallery with a suitcase, and you may be asked to remove backpacks and carry them by your side to ensure the safety of other visitors.
- Wheelchairs are available to borrow. Please ask a staff member at the information desk for assistance, or reserve one in advance by contacting [email protected].
- All wheelchairs are cleaned thoroughly before and after each use.
Toilets and Changing Places facility
- There are toilets located on Level -1, accessed via the stairs/lifts near the Merrion Square entrance. Additional toilets are located on Level 1 and Level 0 of the Millennium Wing, near the Clare Street entrance. Download a Gallery map, or ask any staff member for directions.
- The Changing Places facility is available to use. Please contact 087 117 0880 for the key and more information about this facility.
Family Packs and Drawing & Creative Writing Kits
- Anyone can borrow these packs, free of charge, from the information desks.
- Family Packs contain drawing materials for children to use during their visit.
- Drawing & Creative Writing Kits are for adults and young people aged 16+. Each kit contains writing and drawing materials for when inspiration strikes during your visit.
Temporary room closures
- Some rooms and galleries may be temporarily closed. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused.
- On Friday 27 May 2022, the following will be closed from 12pm:
- Merrion Square entrance - please use our Clare Street entrance instead that day
- Dargan Wing - Irish art, portraits, Hughie O'Donoghue: Original Sins, 18th-century art
- Milltown Wing - Irish art, 17th-century art
The Gallery Café is located on Level 0 of the Millennium Wing, most easily accessed via the Gallery's Clare Street entrance. The Café is open at the following times:
Monday: 11am – 5pm
Tuesday and Wednesday: 9.30am – 5pm
Thursday: 9.30am – 8pm (The Café will close at 5pm on 17 March)
Friday and Saturday: 9.30am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
- The Gallery Shop is located on Level 0 of the Millennium Wing, just inside the door at the Clare Street entrance to the Gallery.
- You can also shop online.
Listen, learn and explore
Free guided tours
We run a regular programme of free guided tours in the Gallery. Everyone is welcome - no booking required! Check the What's On calendar for upcoming tours.
- Highlights Tours: Saturdays at 12.30pm and 2.30pm, Sundays at 1.30pm and 2.30pm
- Themed Tours: Saturdays at 1.30pm
- Family Tours: Sundays at 12.30pm
- New Parents' Tours: the 2nd Monday of the month at 2.30pm
- Tours for the hard of hearing: the 1st Thursday of every 2nd month at 5.30pm. Upcoming tour dates in 2022: 2 June, 4 August, 6 October, 1 December.
Or, you could follow one of our online self-guided tours on your visit. Choose from a wide range of themes including Irish art, family favourites, costume, and LGBTQIA+.
- Use your own smartphone and headphones to listen to a small selection of audio descriptions of artworks.
- You will see green and pink labels in the rooms: a 'headphones symbol' on these coloured labels indicates that an audio description is available.
- You can access the small selection of audio descriptions here.
- Please note: audio-guide handsets are not currently available to borrow. You must use your own device.
Audio Tour for Kids & Families
- Look, listen and learn about art with our special audio designed for kids!
- Use your own smartphone and headphones to listen during your visit. Or, you can enjoy this audio adventure at home or in school.
Visiting with kids and young people
- We've gathered together a list of fun online resources and activities for children and young people. Try them out on your next visit. Many of these can also be enjoyed at home or in school.